Cowboy Reveals What He Wants To Be Remembered For After His Fighting Career

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is one of the biggest fan-favorites in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. The 35-year-old has been fighting since early 2006. Cerrone has been competing under the UFC’s banner since 2011. During that time, &#822…

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is one of the biggest fan-favorites in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. The 35-year-old has been fighting since early 2006. Cerrone has been competing under the UFC’s banner since 2011. During that time, “Cowboy” has challenged for a lightweight championship, and has put together some impressive win streaks at both lightweight and […]

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Exclusive: Alexander Hernandez Sounds Off On Donald Cerrone Ahead Of UFC on ESPN+ 1

Don’t get it twisted, lightweight prospect Alexander Hernandez respects longtime UFC fan favorite Donald Cerrone. But he’s still going to treat “Cowboy” like any other opponent when they meet at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Hernandez took the UFC by storm last year. He needed only 42 seconds to win his Octagon debut against Beneil Dariush […]

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Don’t get it twisted, lightweight prospect Alexander Hernandez respects longtime UFC fan favorite Donald Cerrone. But he’s still going to treat “Cowboy” like any other opponent when they meet at UFC on ESPN+ 1.

Hernandez took the UFC by storm last year. He needed only 42 seconds to win his Octagon debut against Beneil Dariush at UFC 222. Hernandez continued his impressive 2018 with a unanimous decision victory over Olivier Aubin-Mercier at July 2018’s UFC on FOX 30.

At just 26 years old, Hernandez exudes confidence well beyond his years. Some folks may want to call it cockiness, however, the man that boasts the moniker “The Great” told LowKick MMA he is respectful of the fighters who have come before him.

“Yea, absolutely,” Hernandez said when asked if “Cowboy” Cerrone was one of the fighters he looked up. “He is a household name and a legacy in the game.

“I got respect for all those fighters that paved the way. They set an example for us to seek inspiration and now the sport is in a whole different place. The ability to make extraordinary financial gain is possible now where it really wasn’t back them. A lot of that is because of guys like “Cowboy.”

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‘Cowboy’ Just Another Fighter?

Hernandez will get a chance to thank Cerrone (with a fist to the face) for all he has done for the sport of MMA when the two meet in the feature prelim bout at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on Jan. 19.

Although Hernandez may have respect for the fighters that have come before him, he doesn’t concern himself with the past. For “The Great” one its simple:

“I don’t think about the sh*t that I already accomplished,” explained Hernandez. “I don’t think about the year that’s past, I don’t think about any of that, I don’t spend time in the media, I don’t spend too much time watching tape. Because if I start doing that, I start over-crediting people. I start looking at “Cowboy” like he is this surreal adversary that can’t be touched. And he is not.

“To me “Cowboy” is just a normal f***ing guy that could’ve been walking out of a saloon with some gloves on that’s gonna get the same licks I’d give anybody standing across the Octagon from me.”

‘The Great’ Is All-In

Having quit his job last year and leaving the business world behind, Hernandez is all in on mixed martial arts. The results speak for themselves. He has quickly established himself as one of the most promising prospects the lightweight division has seen in some time. And he will be damned if he lets a so-called part-timer beat him, even if it is Cerrone.

“I put 100% of my energy into this,” said Hernandez. “This is all I do all day long. I don’t have a wife and I don’t have kids. I don’t like to f***ing play video games. When I play outside I play with a purpose. Everything I do is around this [MMA].

“This is how I escape if I’m getting too much time in the gym well then I’ll go outside. If I’m getting too much time outside then Ill train in the gym. That’s how I balance and that’s how I keep myself sane, that’s my escape.

“I’ll be damned if a guy that puts maybe 60% into this, 70% into this and 20 or 30 elsewhere is going to beat me. Shooting guns, riding horses, doing whatever the f*ck else he does, which is great, but I’ll be dammed if that guy can hold a candle to my undivided attention.”

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Alexander Hernandez Intends On ‘Completely Merking’ Cowboy

A promising young mixed martial arts (MMA) prospect will be taking on the biggest fight of his career. Alexander Hernandez will face former UFC lightweight title challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone later this month (Sat. January 19, 2019) at…

A promising young mixed martial arts (MMA) prospect will be taking on the biggest fight of his career. Alexander Hernandez will face former UFC lightweight title challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone later this month (Sat. January 19, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Hernandez is on an eight-fight win streak at the moment. He made a […]

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Donald Cerrone Is “Pretty Sure” He’ll Fight Conor McGregor

The rumors of a fight between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Conor McGregor might be off the table, at least for now. Following his victory over Mike Perry in November, Cerrone teased that he could be the next man in line to fight the Irishman. However, UFC President Dana White shot down that possibility. Now, Cerrone […]

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The rumors of a fight between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Conor McGregor might be off the table, at least for now.

Following his victory over Mike Perry in November, Cerrone teased that he could be the next man in line to fight the Irishman. However, UFC President Dana White shot down that possibility. Now, Cerrone has been matched up with Alexander Hernandez at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on January 19th.

However, as he tells ESPN, he isn’t overlooking Hernandez, but he’s “pretty sure” he’ll fight McGregor eventually:

“I think [McGregor’s] side is interested in it, I know I’m very interested, and for the UFC, that’s a money fight,” Cerrone said. “By no means am I overlooking Alex. I’m focused on getting through him, and Conor is potentially what’s next.

“I don’t see why he would turn the fight down. I’m interested to see how it all plays out. I’m pretty sure Conor and I will be meeting in the Octagon soon.”

McGregor is unable to fight until he is given his suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). He and his team were involved in a post-fight brawl with Team Khabib Nurmagomedov after their UFC 229 main event in October.

McGregor will likely need one more fight before earning another crack at the lightweight title.

Perhaps a fight with Cerrone will be on McGregor’s 2019 calendar when it’s all said and done.

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Donald Cerrone Believes Conor McGregor’s Team is in Interested in Potential Fight

Donald Cerrone believes that a money fight against former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor is possible. This was a potential fight was talked about before the UFC announced Cerrone’s next opponent. The former title contender is…

Donald Cerrone believes that a money fight against former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor is possible. This was a potential fight was talked about before the UFC announced Cerrone’s next opponent. The former title contender is slated to make a return to lightweight which will be his first fight at the weight class […]

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Alex Hernandez Plans To “Break” Cowboy Cerrone at UFC Brooklyn

In his short time with the UFC, lightweight Alex Hernandez already made quite the impression. Making his promotional debut on short-notice in March, Hernandez upset top ranked Beneil Dariush at UFC 222, winning by first-round TKO. The 26-year-old follo…

In his short time with the UFC, lightweight Alex Hernandez already made quite the impression. Making his promotional debut on short-notice in March, Hernandez upset top ranked Beneil Dariush at UFC 222, winning by first-round TKO. The 26-year-old followed that up with a unanimous decision win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC on FOX 30. Even […]

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